Oldenburg State Museum presents Nazi-confiscated property from private collections and households
As part of the special exhibition “Herkunft verpflichtet! Die Geschichte hinter den Werken”, the State Museum for Art and Cultural History in Oldenburg is, for the first time, presenting five objects from private collections and households which are suspected of being Nazi-confiscated property, or which have already been identified as such.
Since March, Oldenburg State Museum, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg and Schlossmuseum Jever have offered families in the Weser-Ems region the opportunity to hand in heirlooms that they know are, or suspect to be, Jewish property seized by the Nazis. The items can be handed in as items on loan at any of the three museums.
The aim of the initiative is to facilitate the identification and handover of Nazi-confiscated property, store submitted objects appropriately and exhibit them in order to obtain information on their past owners, trace their descendants and ultimately restitute the objects.
The five objects that have been handed in to date, and which are now on display in the special exhibition in Oldenburg, are:
- A Bauhaus style tea set, 1920s, pewter
- A drawing by Bouke van der Sloot: landscape, early 20th century
- An ornamental plate, porcelain
- Two Dutch tile pictures depicting a lock on the Rhine, early 20th century, ceramic and wood
Photographs from the lender’s family environment are also on display. The privately owned objects will also be published in the Lost Art Database operated by the German Lost Art Foundation.